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UCLA Report finds that young workers struggle to make ends meet in Los Angeles

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September 29, 2015

Contact: Citlalli Chávez, citlallichavez.ucla@gmail.com, (714) 742-1581

UCLA Report finds that young workers struggle to make ends meet in Los Angeles

WHAT: The UCLA Labor Center will hold a press call to release Young Workers in LA: A Snapshot , a report analyzing young workers’ experiences using census data. The report focuses on explaining who young workers are, where they are working, and how young workers juggle work, school, and family life.

Among the key findings:

  • A quarter (25%) of Los Angeles workers are young people.

  • Young Workers are more educated than ever before, but they have seen their income decline over time, 10.8% decrease since 2000.

  • 57% of young workers have low-wage jobs

  • Young workers experience a higher unemployment rate (16.8%) than other workers (9.2%). Young black workers experience the highest unemployment rate at 28.4%

WHEN: Wednesday, September 30th @ 12pm PST

WHO: Young restaurant worker, Saba Waheed (UCLA Labor Center); Janna Shadduck-Hernandez (UCLA Labor Center); Lucero Herrera (UCLA Labor Center); Sophia Cheng (Restaurant Opportunities Center – Los Angeles); UCLA Student Researchers

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.


You can also dial in using your phone.

United States +1 (571) 317-3122

Access Code: 476-226-909

To RSVP and receive a copy of the report​, please contact citlallichavez@ucla.edu